Gary Simmons ‘Dancing in Darkness’

For three decades, New York-born, Los Angeles-based sculptor, installation artist, and painter Gary Simmons has used his practice to retrace, reclaim, and reconstruct African-American history and experience by uncovering the way institutions enforce inequality and assert control. Much of Simmons’ early work uses the chalkboard as a metaphor to map out how cultural memory and racial prejudice…

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Curator Insight: Q&A with Piper Marshall

Published on ocula, 7 November 2017 Independent curator Piper Marshall’s career has followed a quick upward trajectory since landing a job as a curator with the Swiss Institute in 2008. After six years with the institute she left to pursue freelance projects, leading to her recruitment by Mary Boone in 2014 to curate six shows—later extended…

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Review: Marco Brambilla at Simon Lee Gallery

The merry-go-round symphony of Prokofiev’s ‘Cinderella Waltz‘ sweeps you up into a dizzying vortex of imagery. Fragments of Hollywood films – culled from the The Sound of Music, The Big Lebowski, Eyes Wide Shut, Austin Powers, The Terminator, and over 400 others – dance past in a frenetic choreographed collage of totemic tableaus depicting heaven…

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A Conversation with Marco Brambilla

Published on ocula.com, October 2016. Hell. It looks like fun. Below my feet is a writhing mass of naked bodies, a sinful orgy of flesh and fire. Heavy metal rockers, a cyborg, and one of the nihilists from The Big Lebowski run by with a pair of giant scissors. Before me Julie Andrews pops up amongst rolling…

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The Art and Soul of Hong Kong

Published in Destinations of the World, Dubai, February 2016   As Hong Kong gears up for the thought-provoking art and fabulous parties of Art Basel next month, Diana d’Arenberg examines the coming-of-age art industry in a city on the cusp of a cultural renaissance A metallic cube rises up over the construction site that has occupied an…

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Hong Kong Autumn Exhibitions 2015

Published on ocula.com, 17 September 2015 Summer is finally over. Gallerinas have returned from Portofino/Mykonos/Positano/Ibiza with fresh tans regaling regulars with stories of sailing on collectors’ boats; names of new divorcees and fortunes lost are whispered through galleries; and plans are already being made for the best celebrity-studded parties at Art Basel in Miami Beach…

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Post Art Basel HK: Rundown and Fair-tigued

Published on ocula.com, 20 March, 2015 Your head hurts; your liver no longer holds any value on the black market; your dignity is in tatters after falling down a flight of stairs in high heels at an exhibition opening—sober; a random girl licked your leg; and the last conversation you remember was about vodka home-brewing…

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Art Basel Hong Kong 2015 Calendar

Published on ocula.com, 5 March, 2015 Remember that time Hong Kong was known only for its banking, pinky-ring-wearing English expats mourning the loss of the ol’ empire, overpriced real estate, and the number of Louis Vuitton shops crammed into one block? Well, some things have changed. The property market is still criminal, and making money…

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HK Autumn Exhibitions 2014: Walls, Landscapes & Dames

Published on ocula.com, 24 September 2014 Hong Kong seems to be growing out of its love affair with big brand artists, some of which have had about as much appeal as a vagazzler—overexposed, brash, bling. Gone are the dot paintings and Swarovski skulls, and Maos, as the city transitions to a deeper engagement with more…

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Toby Ziegler: Surface Tensions

Published in Hong Kong Tatler, May 2014 I’m having a threesome Valentine’s dinner with my husband and Toby Ziegler. No, not the President’s speech writer from the West Wing; this Toby Ziegler is a 42 year old London-born artist. It’s late morning when I call Ziegler in his London studio, and I’m frantically scribbling down…

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